Skip to comments.Auburn Man Facing Charges After Killing Bear In His Backyard
Posted on 04/09/2013 1:33:39 PM PDT by Altariel
Richard Ahlstrand told WBZ-TV he was stocking his bird feeder Friday night when a bear about seven feet tall and 300-to-400 pounds started chasing him.
Thats when he turned his shotgun on the bear.
I didnt have time to aim through the sights, but I aimed in the direction of the head on this thing and I pulled the trigger before it got to me. It just dropped, he said.
Ahlstrand said he was carrying the shotgun Friday night because he thought he saw the bear in his yard Thursday.
If that ever jumped on me, I wouldnt even be here right know, I dont think. I know it was going to seriously maul me, he said.
Ahlstrand is now charged with illegally killing a bear, illegally baiting a bear, illegal possession of a firearm and failing to secure a weapon.
Authorities believed the female bear had cubs. Ahlstrand says he feels bad about that, but he believes he being unfairly labeled.
They got me set up now like Im some kind of murderer. And then the environmental guy told me You should have called me instead of shooting it. What was I going to do, say Mister Bear would excuse me please while I go make a phone call?
Police dont believe the bear was a threat to people.
Now, if police don't seem to think a momma bear with cubs chasing someone might be a threat, then why in the hell do they shoot all those nice loveable little puppy dogs?
Heck, the biggest pit bull I have seen couldn't have been a third as tall as that cuddly momma bear, and would weigh in waay lighter to boot.
I’m hearing conflicting reports. The first said he had a shotgun with him when he went out to the bird feeder. The second suggests he saw the bear when he went out, went back to the house and returned to his backyard with a shotgun and shot the bear.
If he was surprised by the bear and had a shotgun in his hands, I certainly don’t blame him for shooting. If saw the bear, went inside to get his shotgun and then went back out, that’s hunting out of season without a license or poaching.
Shoot the golden retrievers and the dachshunds and the chihuahuas, for the goal of a cowed, quiet populace.
Let the Peasants imagine themselves in Fido’s place, and remember they serve The State!
I live in a neighborhood of 6 acre lots in woods; way out of town. My neighbor lady came over and, in her southern accent said, “I hit a turkey with my car. Brought him home and fried him right up. And, somebody kilt a dear up thar at the front. Sweet little thing. Backed up and put it in my trunk. You want some hamburger...Oh, no! It’re good. Weren’t no flies on it or nothin’.” So, if I shot a bear in my backyard, I’d walk over to Vivian’s and says, “Want a bear?” She’d say, “I hert you firin’. Was just commin’ to see. Drag his ass over here.”
I thought he died in 1983.
“dear=deer” Twenty lashes...
Stocking a Bird Feeder is “Bear Baiting”?
I knew the Bama-Auburn rivalry was intense, but man I had no idea.
The State is incredibly, hopelessly stupid (and indifferent).
Shooting a bear on your property isn’t hunting. It’s self-defense.
And, the bear was only a threat to this guy, not "people."
This guy doesn't count.
“Police dont believe the bear was a threat to people.”
When Americans need for a policeman to have an opinion, they will give him one. Until such time, police are public servants, NOT issuers of mandatory advice/opinions to the public.
“Ahlstrand is now charged with illegally killing a bear, illegally baiting a bear, illegal possession of a firearm and failing to secure a weapon.”
Quite a collection of Taxachussetts violations, and deserving of a closer look.
1. Accused of illegally killing a bear. Basic charge, and the filing of it violates the man’s right to armed self defense. If the bear exhibited aggressive behavior, and such was the acused’s description of what happened, then the Masshole officials are violating this man’s Constitution guarantee to self defense and are so doing under color of law.
2. Since when is having a bird feeder “baiting a bear”??????
3. How possession of a long gun in ones home/home property can be defined as illegal escapes me. Obviously, I didn’t live in Taxachussetts long enough to understand the “Masshole Way”.
4.”Failing to secure a firearm?” He used it to shoot the bear! How can a ‘secured’ weapon be used to defend oneself?
Answer up, Massholes! Inquiring minds want to know.
Dogs, on the other hand...
|PERPETRATOR||QUALIFIER||THREAT STATUS||PERMISSIBLE RESPONSE|
|Dog||family pet||threat (to police)||shoot (police only)|
|Bear||mother of cubs?||NOT a threat (to non-police)||DO NOT shoot (non-police only)|
If someone can’t shoot a BEAR on his own property, there is something seriously wrong.
Don’t you know?
Bears are cute and cuddly and only want to have a small smackerel of honey before toddling off to visit piglets and rabbits...
This just in from the ASSociated Presstitutes:
It wasn’t a bear. It was an “undocumented omnivorous ursid”, and the shooter violated its civil rights.
I don’t think the auburn police or the MA EPA will see it that way if he had a chance to stay indoors after he saw it and went indoors to get his shotgun. I just drove through Auburn and I believe it’s homes with 1/4 acre lots, not a prudent place to be discharging a shotgun in a panic.
Ahhh, so what matters is whether government employees believe you have a right to defend yourself and your loved ones?
Do you typically take the “hide in your home” stance when an American is faced with a dangerous threat and must retrieve a means of self-defense?
I Don’t but I don’t live in MA. In MA he’s in trouble just for having a loaded shotgun within reach. I’m just reporting the facts; he’s screwed, it’s a question of how much.
He may be in trouble with The State, but that doesn’t mean that he acted inappropriately.
It is the State, not the man, who is in the wrong.
Well if you want to live on a quarter acre lot with a panicy guy next door shooting a shotgun he didn’t, by his own admission, aim, my advice would be to not spend a lot on windows.
Okay, like a dog with a bone, you want to keep playing with this one. Go ahead, leave me out if it. But do get back to me if you find a skeet range with 1/4 acre zoning
Your pardon, I should have said “a knife and a wonderful dog”.
The same police who claim to have no obligation to actually "protect?" But they will collect your body in their spiffy SWAT outfits and deliver it to the coroner, whether the result of a human criminal or a bear. That police?
Ask for a jury trial, and then sue these megalomaniacs for malicious prosecution, pain and suffering.No fair impartial jury would convict. If I am dispensing "benefit of doubt," human or bear would be a no-brainer. Specially if the humans are paying my salary.
Judging from your screen name, you must consider the State. Once you marry men with men, its all downhill.